Quit to Live
- In 2005, 26% of 18-24 year olds in Michigan were current tobacco users — more than the U.S. average.
- In 2004, 44.5 million adults (20.9%) in the U.S. were current smokers. An estimated 70% of these smokers said they wanted to quit.
- An estimated 14.6 million (40.5 %) adult everyday smokers in 2004 had stopped smoking for at least 1 day during the preceding 12 months because they were trying to quit.
- An estimated 45.6 million adults were former smokers in 2004, representing 50.6 percent of those who had ever smoked.
Health Consequences of Smoking: Major Conclusions of the 2004 Surgeon General Report
- Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.
- Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long–term benefits, reducing risks for diseases caused by smoking and improving health in general.
- Smoking cigarettes with lower machine-measured yields of tar and nicotine provides no clear benefit to health.
- The list of diseases caused by smoking has been expanded to include abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, pneumonia, periodontitis and stomach cancer. These are in addition to diseases already known to be caused by smoking, including bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral and throat cancers, chronic lung diseases and coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases, as well as reproductive effects and sudden infant death syndrome.
You Can Quit Smoking
- If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be.
- Nicotine is a very addictive drug, and usually people make two or three tries, or more, before they successfully quit.
- Each time you try to quit, you can learn what works for you and what situations are problematic.
- Using proven cessation treatments can double your chance of success.
For more information, visit www.smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for assistance in quitting. You can also call the Portage Health Community Health Department at (906) 483-1149.
Questions to Think About
Think about the following questions before you try to stop smoking. You may want to talk about your answers with your healthcare provider.
- Why do you want to quit?
- When you’ve tried to quit in the past, what helped and what didn’t?
- What will be the most difficult situations for you after you quit? How will you plan to handle them?
- Who can help you through the tough times? Your family? Friends? Healthcare provider?
- What pleasures do you get from smoking? What ways can you still get pleasure if you quit?
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
- How can you help me to be successful at quitting?
- What medication do you think would be best for me and how should I take it?
- What should I do if I need more help?
- What is smoking withdrawal like? How can I get information on withdrawal?
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